Recently read the latest installment of the Elementals series — “Secret” — which tells Nick Merrick’s story. I have to say, I was really looking forward to this after reading the novella about Nick called “Breathlses.” It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but I’m too far committed to give up on the series now. I want to know how the overall story turns out, and find out what else is in store for Michael, the oldest Merrick brother. See my full review
I don’t see “Witchfinder” by Ruth Warburton becoming the next YA blockbuster, but I enjoyed the book for the differences that will potentially make it slightly less popular on the mass market. Read the review
I recently jumped into Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles” series. Although I was hesitant about the obvious play on fairy tale themes, I found the series creative and well-written. The Lunar Chronicles, in its first two books, introduces cyborgs, royalty, people of the moon and werewolf-like creatures. What more can you really ask for?
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"Skin" is the emotional, transformative story of a teen diagnosed with vitiligo, a rare skin condition. The book pulls you into the heart and mind of Sep so effectively you won’t be able to separate her emotions from your own. It’s a heart-breaker, but it’s also a story about finding your inner strength. Read my full review
Marni Bates is at it again — Her latest Smith High story comes from the perspective of the popular Chelsea Halloway. Although she’s not exactly at Smith High — story is set in Cambodia — and she’s not so popular either. It’s a self-discovery story with plenty of adventure, though a bit of a slow start. Stick with it if you want to see how Chelsea handles angry drug dealers. See my review here
The book is a companion piece to “Invisible,’ which I reviewed previously. “Invisible” was full of humor and charm. Read that review here
When delving into a self-published work, you never know for sure what you’ll get. Books like “You Are Mine,” by Janeal Falor, are precisely the reason I take the gamble.
Summary: Serena lives in a society where women are property, and subject to strict rules of behavior. When she’s purchased by a wealthy warlock she despises, her future looks bleak. But when he unexpectedly dies during a tournament and she’s handed over to a foreign warlock, everything changes for her.
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I can now say that Maggie’s delivered a beautiful story to go with this beautiful book cover. “The Dream Thieves” releases later this month. I was fortunate enough to get a copy for review — and i can tell you, the book does not disappoint!
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In the US, the pressures and prejudices can be overwhelming for a gay couple. So imagine, if you will, how much higher the stakes are for two girls in love in Iran — and you’ll have the barest glimmer of what “If You Could be Mine” has in store.
Beautifully told, desperately heart-breaking, “If You Could Be Mine” will take you on a memorable journey.
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